Monday, April 14, 2014

Stolen by Kelley Armstrong [Review]

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Stolen (Women of the Otherworld #2) by Kelley Armstrong
Format: paperback
Source: purchased
Date read: January 9, 2014

Women of the Otherworld
1. Bitten
2. Stolen - Paperback | Kindle
3. Dime Store Magic
4. Industrial Magic
5. Haunted
6. Broken
7. No Humans Involved
8. Personal Demon
9. Living with the Dead
10. Frostbitten
11. Waking the Witch
12. Spellbound
13. Thirteen

Kelley Armstrong
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
In Book 2 of the Women of the Otherworld series, Elena Michaels is back-and she has company. Lending a mission of vampires, demons, shamans, and witches, Elena is lured into the net of ruthless Internet billionaire Tyrone Winsloe, who is well on his way to amassing a private collection of supernaturals. He plans to harness their powers for himself-even if it means killing them.

For Elena, kidnapped and imprisoned deep underground, unable to tell her friends from her enemies, choosing the right allies is a matter of life and death.
Thoughts on Stolen: The reread continues! One of the things I love most about this book is how explosively it expands the world. In book 1, we were shown werewolves. Period. Book 2 gives us MULTITUDES of new supernaturals and this little, niggling feeling there's so much more we HAVEN'T been shown yet. That's a beautiful feeling!

I had honestly forgotten how ...well, annoying Paige is when we first meet her. She's not the biggest people person and she has a tendency to barrel into things. The events in this book force her to grow up in a lot of ways, which is a good thing because we'll be seeing plenty more of her. We also get introduced to Savannah, who we get to see grow up as the series progresses. Again, it's interesting to see her as a child again instead of the confident young woman she becomes later.

But let's talk about Elena, shall we? She's settled into her life with the pack. She's happy. She has a family with Clay and Jeremy. She has a place within the social structure of the pack. Then she's kidnapped and she's back to relying on herself again. Honestly, it was hard to watch her force herself to go along with what her kidnappers wanted from her. You could feel her struggling against the desire to lash out and HURT these people constantly.

And the bad guys? CREEEEEEPY. I get the willies thinking of how they stopped seeing their subjects as thinking, breathing people and started seeing them as only experiments they could learn from.

I loved how far reaching the world building is in this book. I liked learning about the different supernaturals and how they fit together in the grand scheme of things. I just... like this whole series!

4 comments:

  1. It was definitely a great introduction to all the characters. I agree, I found Paige annoying. She got better, but she never became a super-likable character for me.

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    1. Paige grew on me. I ended up liking her a lot as the series progressed. But in this book? That girl!

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  2. I love how the series expands so much during this too! Way back before I even knew about this series, I actually borrowed this from the library thinking it was the first book, and years later I actually read the first one properly, but I loved it.
    Paige was annoying, I didn't like her at first, but the books with her in it after were really good and she was better. :)

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    1. YES! I really liked Paige in later books. This one, though? She was so stubborn and immature. And Kelley Armstrong does such a fantastic job expanding the world. THINGS HAPPEN! I love it!

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